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Ironically, the first place to allow American women to vote was neither the federal government nor a state. and hold office.” In the West, pioneer women often worked shoulder-to-shoulder with men on farms and ranches and thus proved they were not weak or inferior. Supreme Court decided that women were citizens under the 14th Amendment.In 1869, the all-male legislature of the Territory of Wyoming passed a law that permitted every adult woman to “cast her vote . Meanwhile, in Rochester, New York, Anthony conspired with sympathetic male voting registrars who allowed her and other women to cast ballots in the 1872 presidential election. But the court went on to say that citizenship did not mean women automatically possessed the right to vote.In 1890, the two national women’s suffrage organizations merged to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) with Elizabeth Cady Stanton as the president. Anthony took over in 1892 and remained president until she retired in 1900.
Of course, working outside the home was nothing new for poor white, immigrant, and black women.
In response, the territorial legislators wrote Congress, “We will remain out of the Union a hundred years rather than come in without the women.” The following year, Congress admitted Wyoming as a state, the first one with women’s suffrage.
This set the trend for a few other Western states to pass women’s suffrage laws (Colorado, 1893; Utah, 1896; and Idaho, 1896).
The concept of a new American woman emerged after 1900.
Writers and commentators described the “new woman” as independent and well-educated.
After male organizers excluded women from attending an anti-slavery conference, American abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott decided to call the “First Woman’s Rights Convention.” Held over several days in July 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York, the convention brought together about 300 women and 40 men.